Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

By using fake research in IELTS Writing Task 2, you can increase your score.

Do you know how to do this? And why it will increase your score?

Using fake research as an example in a body paragraph is a very smart IELTS strategy.
The examiner knows that you do not have access to the internet or the library. You cannot find academic resources to support your opinion and your reasons.
That’s why coming up with fake research is not only allowed, but encouraged!



How to use fake research in IELTS Writing Task 2

The body paragraphs should be organized like this:

Topic sentence –> Reason 1 –> Specific details/examples –> (Reason 2 –> Specific details/examples)

Coming up with fake research is an excellent way to support your reason.

However, don’t overdo it! One usage of fake research is enough. The other examples could be from your personal experience, or other “real” examples. (I say “real” in quotation marks because none of your examples actually have to be true. You are not graded on truthfulness. You are graded on your ability to communicate clearly.)

Here are the sentence structures you need:

According to research published by Harvard University, the cost of __________ would be $__.
In a recent survey conducted by the New York Times, % of ____ do s/th.

For example, if the Writing Task 2 question says:

What are the difficulties that creating a public transport system could cause for a city? What are the benefits to the city of creating a public transport network?

You could say:

According to research published by Harvard University, the cost of constructing 3 miles of subway track would be approximately US$1 billion.

In a recent survey of city officials conducted by the New York times, it was found that having a public transport system would save the city US$3 million over 3 years. The savings would be due to fewer accidents, less road maintenance, not needing new parking lots and less money invested in reducing air pollution.

Be specific in the research example.
Support the research with 1-2 specific examples and details.
Be logical when inventing research. Keep it within the realm of reason.

Why fake research increases your Task 2 score

For your Task Response score, the examiner looks for strong and clear ideas. By using fake research, you are providing specific proof of your reasons. This raises your score.

Also, when we are very specific in our support, we tend to use more specific vocabulary. This raises your vocabulary score.

In our online IELTS course, 3 Keys IELTS, we give you all the strategies you need to score highly in every category on the IELTS Writing exam.

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